Indiana Jones is making his way to Netflix. The streaming service has announced what subscribers can come to enjoy in the new year and, as part of their offerings, they've revealed that one of Harrison Ford's most iconic characters is going to bring his brand of adventure to the streaming world via what Netflix has called Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure Collection. This could wind up being the perfect New Year's Day binge watching treat.
The announcement was made in a video published by Netflix showcasing what's heading to the service in January. One of the first titles they revealed is Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventure Collection, accompanied by clips from the various big screen adventures of the fedora rocking hero. Unfortunately, for the time being, it isn't crystal clear what all this includes. We know for sure we'll be getting Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade and, like it or not, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But could there be more to look forward to?
There is also The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, which aired on ABC from 1992 to 1993 and starred Sean Patrick Flanery and Corey Carrier as the character. Though, Harrison Ford did appear in one episode to help bookend it. The short-lived show was canceled swiftly, but later got four made-for-tv movies which, along with the original episodes, were later repackaged as The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones as 22 different TV movies. Whether or not these will also be making their way to Netflix next month remains to be seen, but the word "complete" does sort of imply that could be the case. Not to get anyone's hopes up or anything.
In any case, this is good news for Netflix subscribers. Paramount recently announced a partnership with Netflix and, even though Disney now owns Lucasfilm, Paramount still controls the rights to the original Indiana Jones movies. Hence, why they're probably heading to the streaming service now. On the other side of things, Disney is launching their own streaming service, Disney+, starting late next year. Disney owns Lucasfilm who is in control of the Indiana Jones franchise moving forward, but not the previous movies. Other Disney titles will be pulled from Netflix so that they can find a new home on Disney+ or, at the very least, as to not benefit the competition.
To date, the franchise has grossed just shy of $2 billion at the global box office and, were it not for Han Solo, this would unquestionably be Harrison Ford's greatest gift to cinema. This could also help tide us all over until Indiana Jones 5 finally gets going. Steven Spielberg is once again returning to direct, with Ford reprising the role one last time. Production is expected to begin in April, but Spielberg also has his West Side Story remake on deck. Currently, the sequel is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 9, 2021. Feel free to check out the full video below from the Netflix streaming YouTube channel to see what else is hitting the streaming service in January.